As a new year dawns, many people are resolving to take better care of their skin, particularly since the last few years have led many to indulge in several habits that are, needless to say, not brilliant for our largest organ.
However, because there are so many different skincare routines out there, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do to take care of your skin each day, and this has led to an almost countless number of myths about how the skin works and what can be done to treat it.
Ultimately, skincare does not need to be complex if you use organic body moisturisers to keep your skin hydrated and a cleanser to stop your pores from becoming clogged, and many myths serve to make people believe that healthy, beautiful skin is more difficult to achieve than it is.
Here are some common myths about skincare that it is time to let go of.
You Don’t Have To Exfoliate Every Day
Skin exfoliation is an important part of our skincare routine, and for many people, the occasional use of an organic exfoliating scrub will provide a notable, pronounced effect.
However, avoid the temptation of exfoliating too often, as it can often cause more problems than you may think.
Exfoliation is quite harsh on the skin and can strip the skin barrier of moisture and vital oils, which essentially enhances whatever the main characteristic of your skin type is.
Oily skin will get oilier, sensitive skin gets more sensitive and more painful, and dry skin will look more dry and cracked.
Limit exfoliation to twice a week at the very most, and that is if you have a gentle formulation. Scrubs should be used weekly at most. Many people are exfoliating far more than they need to, given the body naturally sheds monthly.
You Get What You Pay For
When it comes to skincare products, the most expensive brands and products do not always work the best, and it is better to look for ingredients and formulations that work best for your skin type rather than necessarily which one is most exclusive.
Drinking Water Does Not Hydrate Your Skin
The truth here is very close, but there is no direct connection between drinking water and hydrated, healthy, younger-looking skin.
Where the confusion comes with this is that dehydration is a common factor behind several health conditions, some of which affect how our skin looks.
Whilst you absolutely should drink lots of water, don’t expect it to work miracles on your skin or serve as a replacement for a good moisturiser.
Burning Sensations Are Bad
People tend to believe that burning, stinging sensations and red complexions are a sign that a product is working. However, unless you are using an antiseptic on a cut, burning sensations are typically a sign to wash off the new product immediately.
It is an adverse reaction that can lead to inflammation, hypersensitivity and sometimes outright burning.
Skin going very slightly pink or tingling tends to be okay, but anything more than that should be a cause for concern.